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Enrolment drive kicks off

Tura, July 8: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma kicked off a mass enrolment drive for the unemployed youths for undergoing vocational training in masonry, carpentry, apparel making and scientific gardening with new technology for six months at the Vocational Training Institute under UN Resource Centre at Ampati today.

He said his government has sanctioned Rs 3 crore for a centre of excellence in high-end manufacturing in Shillong, Tura and Jowai. He said a “trained workforce is the need of the hour” and also that the Meghalaya Skill Development Council, of which he is the chairman, would be conducting training for 6,000 candidates of the South West Garo Hills district in the field of security services.

The UNRC helpdesk was set up to facilitate the youths and other candidates in filling up the application forms for these courses.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sangma said the programme is being given to the people of the area with the support of the United Nations, as there are huge opportunities for the trained workforce in various fields. He urged the applicants to go for the training not only for getting a certificate but also to enhance their skill and knowledge. Sangma said being a new district, new buildings will soon come up in the South West Garo Hills. Only those who have passed the training and have certificates in masonry and carpentry would be given work at construction sites so that there is no scope for inferiority in the infrastructure properties. Those who successfully complete the training in apparel making would be helped to set up their own apparel-making units and they would also be able to in turn train the others.

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